Saturday, June 8, 2019

Café In de Waag

Near the end of our 4 hour walking tour around Amsterdam, our tour guide suggested stopping for a coffee/tea break at Café In de Waag. They have a pretty large/spacious outdoor seating area and it gets lots of sun, which is nice because for me, I needed the sunshine on me to stay warm since the temperature was only in the 50's. So we sat in the sunshine and enjoyed some coffee/tea. If you look closely, you can see our tour guide's hot pink bag on the table and me seated to the right, across the table, wearing my black puffy jacket and with the interior gray of the hood showing.
Café In de Waag is housed in the Waag building in the middle of the Nieuwmarkt in the old city center of Amsterdam. It was erected between 1425 and 1488 as a city gate. We didn't go inside but read that inside is lit by 300 real candles in large candlesticks.

Our last day in Amsterdam, we returned to Café In de Waag for lunch. We again sat outside in the sunshine and enjoyed some people watching with our teas and food. Here's what we ate:
SP ordered Herbal Cream Cheese (farmer brown bread, lettuce, tomato, avocado). It was so pretty, but not for long since he was hungry and pretty much inhaled his plate along with half of these:
I wanted some Kaasstengels (Cheese Fingers) before we left Amsterdam so we ordered them. These were good but not as good as the ones we had at The Lobby Nesplein.
I chose Grilled Cheese (goat cheese, honey, walnut, raspberries). I liked this a lot more than I expected. It was more than I could eat at lunch. I couldn't finish it so SP helped me out!
The raspberry wasn't on the sandwich but rather a dipping sauce on the side. Yum!

Café In de Waag is touristy but that's because it's in a prime location and has a terrific sunny outdoor area. We enjoyed our beverages and food. The outdoor service we experienced was good. One server spilled a little dipping bowl of chili sauce on the cobblestones and it was promptly wiped up. I really liked it - probably because it's a great place for people watching, not just the people walking by but the other people enjoying the outdoor seating.

It is accessible to the interior dining and our guide told me there are wheelchair accessible bathrooms inside.

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